St George Illawarra Dragons star Tyson Frizell has painted a grim picture of his excruciating testicle injury and the decision that potentially spared him future complications.
Frizell will miss Thursday night’s clash with South Sydney as well as next week’s trip to Brisbane, after copping a Jordan Kahu knee to the groin in the Dragons’ first round loss to the Cowboys in Townsville.
It was the sort of gruesome incident that had men all around the country sick in their stomachs witnessing.
Frizell said at the time of the hit that he was not initially concerned about the accidental low blow, until the pain refused to subside.
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“As any other bloke you get hit there and there is initial pain but after a while it goes away,” Frizell told the Dragons’ website.
“That pain wasn’t going away for a while and then I played a bit on during the game with the injury. I obviously came off after that and it all hit home as soon as I got in the sheds.
The Dragons star admits he was conscious about how much of a fuss he was making over the excruciating injury.
“The more I played the more it felt worse and I wasn’t too sure the extent of the injury. I thought I was carrying on a bit, just hoping for it to go away,” Frizell told Fox Sports.
The Origin star says it was at that point that he and the club doctor decided it was more serious than first thought.
“Our doc examined it straight away and he thought it was best to go to hospital, get an ultrasound and check it all out,” Frizell told Fox Sports.
“Pretty much as soon as I got to the hospital they said I had two options. There was a window of time, I think it was 48 to 72 hours they wanted to operate on it.
“They were waiting to see if I wanted to come back to Sydney and get it done straight away, or they had a specialist there at the time ready to go.
“That was probably the best thing, to get it done straight away.
He said the decision to have the surgery on it right away was a no-brainer.
“That’s the main reason they wanted to get it done straight away, to hopefully limit any long-term damage. Speaking to the surgeon afterwards hopefully it recovers nicely.
Frizell has been inundated with well-wishes from family, friends and fellow players.
“I’ve had plenty of messages of support, especially from a lot of men knowing the pain and imagining what I went through,” he said.
“It’s not one of the nicest injuries I’ve had in my time. I’ve come across a few injuries in my time and this one was definitely up there.
“It’s an injury I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.”
The injury came at a tricky time for the Dragons, given Frizell was only playing in the middle at lock because of Jack de Belin’s ban.
“I’ve got a couple of days off now doing nothing and just recovering. I think I will give my body at least two weeks of very minimal movement around.
“And then from that two week period we’ll see how it goes after that.”
After successfully undergoing a procedure to repair the injury, Frizell has given himself two weeks on the sidelines before he attempts to make return for the Dragons’ round four clash with Newcastle – depending on the advice of doctors and how he heals.